£16.01 per hour plus £1.93 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
07 Dec 2021

Role & Department Overview

Since the first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1992 the Educational Research Department has consistently been judged to be one of the best in the UK. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of our research activity graded as world leading or internationally excellent and 92% of our academic staff submitted.
The Educational Research Department in association with the Decolonising Lancaster University network are looking to recruit two PhD students who are based in the United Kingdom (and have the right to work if they are not a UK citizen), on a flexible part-time basis starting in January 2022.
Project Title: Closing the Awarding Gap at Lancaster University.This project seeks to:
  1. Collate existing scholarly and practitioner knowledge on the awarding gap, and;
  2. Survey Lancaster University’s BAME students about which approaches they consider effective and which they are currently aware of – and have used – in our current provision.
Start Date: 4th January 2022
End Date: 31st July 2022
Interview Date: 10th Dec 2021 (tentative date – open to discussion)
Location: Remote (but resident in the UK) and on campus
Total Hours: 128

We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

Job Description

 Covering Jan-July 2022, the successful applicant will:
  1. Collate existing scholarly and practitioner (‘grey’) literature on the BAME ‘awarding gap’ in HE;
  2. Survey LU’s BAME student population as to what they see as effective and/or currently applied approaches to addressing the gap;
  3. Compile an Awarding Gap Toolkit of recommendations for academic and professional staff, and students.

Person Specification

Must be a current Lancaster University doctoral student. 
  1. Knowledge/Qualifications: 
    1. Essential
      1. Good first degree in subject or related area.  
      2. Knowledge and interest in decolonising and widening participation especially in relation to Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group students. 
    2. Desirable
      1. Good postgraduate degree in subject or related area 
      2. Knowledge of statistical methods – for example, to design and conduct surveys, and analyse and evaluate survey findings.
      3. Knowledge of qualitative methods – for example in relation to conducting focus group discussions.
      4. Relevant professional/research experience. 
  2. Skills:
    1. Essential
      1. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. 
      2. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. 
      3. Competent IT skills .
      4. Time management skills. 
      5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
      6. Self-motivation.  
    2. Desirable
      1. Statistical skills
      2. Qualitative Research-related skills
  3. Experience:  
    1. Desirable
      1. Work experience in related field.
      2. Research experience in related subject.
Working in this role will help to develop the following skills and experience:
  • Analysing
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Decisiveness
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal sensitivity
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Leadership
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organisation
  • Perseverance
  • Planning and organsing
  • Research
  • Self-motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
 If you have any queries about the role, please get in touch with Dr Sunita Abraham on s.abraham1@lancaster.ac.uk
Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK
You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand.
Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment. 

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.